The most basic form of behavior in young children and that it is trough play that children acquire much of their early knowledge about the physical and social world in which they live.
The problem are this case are: Do the adults play also? They say “let play” but do they play as children do?
Adults in racquetball court or on golf course or in football game certainly do not look the same as children do when they play. We have recognize that there are different ways of playing. Playing can be placed on a continuum according to the degree of spontaneity, orderliness and regulation present in the play form.
|Type of Playing|
|Gaiety||Subordination to rules|
One of playing is not necessary better than the other way of playing. Each is appropriate at different times and different purposes. Typically, as children grow and devalue they charge their play activities forward the adult end of the continuum. It is the end of continuum that is characterized by practice, training, rituals, costumes, skill, and strategy.
Based on the description above, that is way playing obviously appeals to the more mature person. It simply has more sustaining motivation. The appreciation for practice, strategy, skillfulness, ritual, and tradition is the main characteristic of mature involvement in play.
It is suggested that as play forms mature and as players mature in those form (sport), it becomes necessary to create obstacles that must be overcome to a chi eve the goal of the play. This creation of new obstacles and the overcoming of them produce a definite results are essential to continued motivation in play.